Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tidbit Tuesday: Dance, Desi, Dance...

Been in a desi mood lately, and following the success of the Bollywood party at the recent RWA conference, I thought I'd take you all to Bollywood today.

Tried to find the cheesiest, totally-over-the-top music and videos. Here's a selection. Lots of them are about weddings, and it doesn't get any cheesier than weddings in Indian cinema. :)


Tanu Weds Manu - The song that's been making rounds lately, a total hit! It's about a totally mismatched couple in an arranged marriage. The guy comes to India from the US to get married, except for the tiny detail that the bride does not want to get married! I haven't yet seen this movie but it's on my to-watch list.

Aisha - a modern Bollywood retelling of the classic Jane Austen story, Emma.

Now we start to go back a little in the years - the classics!

Kabhie Khushi Kabhie Gham (translates to A Little Happiness, A Little Sadness) - a family drama spanning 10 years. When the eldest brother falls for a girl who is 'beneath their station', the patriarch sends him away. 10 years later, the younger brother is back from boarding school and vows to bring his family together again.

Kal Ho Na Ho (translates to Tomorrow Might Not Be) - Takes place in New York. Heroine falls in love with the new guy on the block. Except he's a terminal heart patient and vows he'll bring love into heroine's life... in the form of heroine's best friend who's been pining for her all along.

Salaam-e-Ishq (literally translates to A Greeting at Love) - Bollywood's answer to Love Actually. The love stories of 6 different couples.

From Mauritius with love,



Rebecca Royce said...

Awesome Z. Thanks so much for sharing these! I love them

Zee Monodee said...

Lol! I've been on a buzz all day from listening to those. :)


Miss Crystal said...

These are great! I've always loved musicals. When I was little, I used to watch the old black and white movies on Saturday. These remind me of a cross between a 1930's Busbee Berkeley movie -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4Hff561JmY and an MJ video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeiFF0gvqcc


Chicki Brown said...

That was me, Zee! Crystal forgot to sign out ...

LaShaunda said...

Song on my mp3 Jai Ho from Slum Millionaire.

Don't know what they are saying, but love the music.

Will have to see if Netflix have these to check out.

Sandy said...

I love the way they dance. The music makes me dance in my chair. lol I always loved to dance.

Kate H said...

Loved this! Thanks for finding these for us.

J Hali Steele said...

Zee!!! Took me back to LA. EC did throw an awesome party, the dancers were fabulous, the music wonderful and fun. We all got those little tinkly shimmy belt things. Now I need to find someone to try it out on!! *big grin*

Zee Monodee said...


Musicals like Moulin Rouge, High School Musical and Mamma Mia reminded me so much of Indian flicks.

There's something ethereal about musicals, innit? They transcend time.


Zee Monodee said...


I love Jai Ho! It's a perfect example of fusion Indian/English music.

Thanks for dropping by!! Hugs

Zee Monodee said...


I love the dance moves too. Sadly, I can't do half of them but lol, when the music's good, who cares if you look like a total idiot on the dance floor? :)

And the funny thing I've found out - you have to have hips and a belly to dance to Indian music!


Zee Monodee said...

Thanks Kate! Glad you enjoyed. :)

Big hugs

Zee Monodee said...


I thought of you when I posted this, since you at 'the' bash. :) Bet that was a lot of fun.

And oh yeah - these Indian clothes weigh a ton! I wonder how they dance in them.